D&D 5E That was CLOSE!

the Jester

Legend
So I was playing my paladin 5/wizard 1, Alaxis, last night. He's a glass cannon, with a Con of 10 and only 42 hp at maximum. We'd seen some enemies coming; I had cast Aid on myself and two of our allies before things went down.

We ended up in a nasty fight with some S3-style robots. I was down to 22 hps and managed to take one down with a massive smite, and it exploded... doing 67 damage. And I failed my save for half damage. I looked at my hps and did the math really quickly in my head- it would only take 64 points to insta-kill me... BUT!

I had cast that aid spell earlier.

Because of that, my max hps were at 47, meaning an insta-kill required.... 68 points of damage. ONE MORE THAN I RECEIVED.

That was my closest call as a pc in 5e to date, and I just had to share.
 

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Mort

Legend
Supporter
So I was playing my paladin 5/wizard 1, Alaxis, last night. He's a glass cannon, with a Con of 10 and only 42 hp at maximum. We'd seen some enemies coming; I had cast Aid on myself and two of our allies before things went down.

We ended up in a nasty fight with some S3-style robots. I was down to 22 hps and managed to take one down with a massive smite, and it exploded... doing 67 damage. And I failed my save for half damage. I looked at my hps and did the math really quickly in my head- it would only take 64 points to insta-kill me... BUT!

I had cast that aid spell earlier.

Because of that, my max hps were at 47, meaning an insta-kill required.... 68 points of damage. ONE MORE THAN I RECEIVED.

That was my closest call as a pc in 5e to date, and I just had to share.

Yep, surviving by a hair is a great memory!


Gotta say though, my current DM (actually getting to play occasionally as opposed to DM!)
LOVES monsters with the bad things happen when they die rider. I'm starting to hate them, and feel pretty bad for the melee people in the group!
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Yep, surviving by a hair is a great memory!


Gotta say though, my current DM (actually getting to play occasionally as opposed to DM!)
LOVES monsters with the bad things happen when they die rider. I'm starting to hate them, and feel pretty bad for the melee people in the group!
It’s a fun one. I will sometimes mix that and minions that the stronger monster can “eat” to heal.
 


Oofta

Legend
Uphill both ways? You were LOOKY!

My character took a Long Rest for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank!

Well, pardon me mister hoity toity with your fancy "paper" bags and septic tanks! You know what we had? Dirt! An' it wasn't even good dirt! It was the stuff everybody else rejected! But dagnabbit we ate that dirt and we loved it! Made real men out of us, put hair on our chests!

The womenfolk didn't always like that last part, but they did it anyway. You know why? Because we knew sometimes you just took one for the team. Now get off my lawn. :mad:
 

Oofta

Legend
So I was playing my paladin 5/wizard 1, Alaxis, last night. He's a glass cannon, with a Con of 10 and only 42 hp at maximum. We'd seen some enemies coming; I had cast Aid on myself and two of our allies before things went down.

We ended up in a nasty fight with some S3-style robots. I was down to 22 hps and managed to take one down with a massive smite, and it exploded... doing 67 damage. And I failed my save for half damage. I looked at my hps and did the math really quickly in my head- it would only take 64 points to insta-kill me... BUT!

I had cast that aid spell earlier.

Because of that, my max hps were at 47, meaning an insta-kill required.... 68 points of damage. ONE MORE THAN I RECEIVED.

That was my closest call as a pc in 5e to date, and I just had to share.

On a more serious note, those things are some of the most memorable for me as well, when you just barely make it out. Fun times. :)
 

the Jester

Legend
Yep, surviving by a hair is a great memory!


Gotta say though, my current DM (actually getting to play occasionally as opposed to DM!)
LOVES monsters with the bad things happen when they die rider. I'm starting to hate them, and feel pretty bad for the melee people in the group!
There was a one round delay in this case, but I was grappled and prone and unable to get far enough away.
 


RobJN

Adventurer
Well, pardon me mister hoity toity with your fancy "paper" bags and septic tanks! You know what we had? Dirt! An' it wasn't even good dirt! It was the stuff everybody else rejected! But dagnabbit we ate that dirt and we loved it! Made real men out of us, put hair on our chests!

The womenfolk didn't always like that last part, but they did it anyway. You know why? Because we knew sometimes you just took one for the team. Now get off my lawn. :mad:
Paper bags?!?

LUXURY!
 


Bah! Back in my day your PC fell over dead if there was a strong breeze! They were exhausted because they had to walk uphill to the dungeon! Both ways!
Of course you walk uphill both ways. It's a hill! You have to go up it on the way there AND on the way back. That's how hills work!

I'm just being silly. :p
 

TheSword

Legend
Yep, surviving by a hair is a great memory!


Gotta say though, my current DM (actually getting to play occasionally as opposed to DM!)
LOVES monsters with the bad things happen when they die rider. I'm starting to hate them, and feel pretty bad for the melee people in the group!
I have to say I agree. I think when it’s telegraphed and factored into the tactics it can work ok but coming out of no-where it can kind of feel like a slap in the mouth.

We had an example recently of an ooze dosing us in acid if it was hit. But the individual damage was small so acted as it’s own warning and we had to adapt our tactics. That way it’s more fun. Had it exploded on death in an ooze-ball blast it would have been annoying.
 


James Gasik

Pandion Knight
Supporter
Yep, surviving by a hair is a great memory!


Gotta say though, my current DM (actually getting to play occasionally as opposed to DM!)
LOVES monsters with the bad things happen when they die rider. I'm starting to hate them, and feel pretty bad for the melee people in the group!
My current DM really loves "Deathsplosions". Especially on 4e Minions. Ugh.
 


the Jester

Legend
By the way, this is another example of why I love aid as it is in 5e. The playtest version that just gives temp hps is really piss poor, in my opinion.
 

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